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Mighty Moonflash Posts Fastest Zia Derby Qualifying Time
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Pierre and Leslie Amestoy’s Mighty Moonflash won the first of four Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs, posting the fastest qualifying time for the $139,483 final on July 26.

Prepped by Ross Amestoy and ridden by Tanner Thedford, Mighty Moonflash covered 400 yards in :19.465, and his winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths from sixth-fastest qualifier Threedeewoodee. The homebred First Moonflash gelding’s victory was his second in nine starts.

Mighty Moonflash was coming off of a 2 1/4-length win as the 13-10 favorite in a 400-yard maiden special weight race for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds on June 22. The gelding’s sire, First Moonflash, was last year’s leading freshman sire.

Kia Won, the second-fastest qualifier, won the third heat by a neck from fourth-fastest qualifier DM One Hot Charmer. Under jockey Sergio Becerra Jr., the gelded son of champion Ketel Won went 400 yards in :19.582 while scoring his fourth win in 10 outs. Gene L. Burden saddled Kia Won for owners Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios, who acquired the gelding for $5,000 at the 2012 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

The complete list of qualifiers for the Zia Derby appears below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)

Owner

Breeder (State)

Trainer

Time

MIGHTY MOONFLASH
G, First Moonflash-Workslikeacharm by Northern Score (TB)

Pierre & Leslie Amestoy

Pierre Amestoy (NM)

Ross Amestoy

:19.465

KIA WON
G, Ketel Won-Major Kia by Major Rime

Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios

Mr. & Mrs. R.C. Jones (NM)

Gene L. Burden

:19.582

FOXY MOONFLASH
F, First Moonflash-Diamonds N Rainbows by Rabbits Rainbow

Bobby Simmons

Dosi & Norma Alvarez (NM)

C. Dwayne Gilbreath

:19.584

DM ONE HOT CHARMER
G, Corona Caliente-DM Charmer by Royal Shake Em

Reed Land & Cattle Co. and Bill Moler

Don Moler (NM)

Gerald Reed

:19.627

JET VERSION
G, Latest Version-Jets Magic Doll by Magic Dozen

Luis A. Lujan

Kirk K. Natzke (NM)

Ramon A. Alvarez

:19.655

THREEDEEWOODEE
G,Woodbridge-Three Dee Dreams by Heza Fast Man

Gary L. Thompson

MJ Farms (NM)

Emilio Cadena III

:19.662

MISTER BLAZIN FIRST
G, Chicks A Blazin-Love At First Glance by First Down Dash

Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell, and Johnny C. Martinez

Mike Abraham(NM)

Paul Jones

:19.690

HEZA WILD DRAGON
G, Genuine Strawfly-Hidden Dragon by Dean Miracle

Regal Racing Stables LLC

Rafter W Stables(NM)

Umberto Belloc

:19.708

ROYAL GUARDIANS
G, Sixes Royal-Earth Angel Baby by Deferred Sentence

Luis Rogelio Nava

Mike Abraham (NM)

Gene L. Burden

:19.726

WATCH FOR CORONA
F, Royalty On Watch-My First Corona by Corona Cartel

Victor Diaz

Victor Diaz (NM)

Martin Orona Jr.

:19.735


In The News

Friday, September 19, 2014
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Sunday, September 07, 2014
Alonso Rivera rode Downwiththequickness to a convincing 2 3/4-length win in the first of two New Mexico Stare Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Rebounding from a defeat two weeks ago, MCM Racing LLC’s Beau Wizer got back on the winning track with a three-length victory in Sunday’s $60,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Desert Gambler and Hello Texas, the fourth- and fifth-place finishers, respectively, in the July 26, $198,975 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R), will make their next starts in the $50,000-added Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at The Downs at Albuquerque on September 21.




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